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A Wolf Called Wander

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The wolf star, brightest of all in the summer sky, shines over my home ground. I know every hidden lake and rocky ridge, but if my pack is not in the mountains, then it is no home to me. I feel a howl deep inside, but dare not let it out.

Swift lives with his pack in the mountains, until one day his home and family are lost. Alone and starving, Swift must make a choice: st
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Andersen Press
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Brooklander #1 Night all way. I mean she's a Black Wolf and she won't even lower her tail. I imagine she carries this vibe that says, "You not going to get me to bow…moreNight all way. I mean she's a Black Wolf and she won't even lower her tail. I imagine she carries this vibe that says, "You not going to get me to bow down. I'm my own Wolf and I'm gonna keep it that way." But that's just my opinion.(less)
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Mischenko
A Wolf Called Wander is a middle-grade book about a wild wolf pup named Swift. After getting separated from his family, his survival instincts kick in, and he is exposed to many dangers including starvation, hunters, and other animals to name a few. As he navigates through the dangerous lands, he remembers everything he learned from his parents and puts it all into practice. The questions are: What path will Swift take, and will it ever lead him back to his family?

The story is based on the true
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karen
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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this is such a good middle grade animal book. based on the real-world wolf OR-7 (aka journey), A Wolf Called Wander tells the story of a wolf cub separated from his pack and his struggles to stay alive in a confusing world full of the dangers and difficulties that face a wolf too young to have learned how to survive on his own—to know what to eat, what to avoid eating, where to seek help, and when to be cautious.

it’s a fairly realistic depiction of nature—it doesn’t disney-sugarc
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved this little book based on the real wolf OR-7. Of course the author had to add in a bit about hunters which I despise. I wanted to be a poacher hunter when I was little until I realized I couldn’t do that. Seems effed up that dicks can get away with killing our protected species though. Don’t even comment CRAP on my review either or you will be deleted and blocked I’m a wildlife activist and have no time for idiot excuses about wildlife.

ANYHOO! I loved this little book and may OR-7’s fam
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Jessica
May 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, own
Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated animal story in a classic vein that reminded me of something I would have read as a kid, sort of a Homeward Bound vibe. The most recent book is reminded me of is Scary Stories for Young Foxes, but without the supernatural elements.

Based on the true story of a tagged wolf who left his home pack and traveled thousands of miles to found his own pack, we follow Swift from his cub days learning how to be a wolf, through his journey to find a new home. Ani
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Sarah
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Cute but emotional read. Did I cry? Yes, yes I did. The illustrations are a nice touch to the story.
Celia
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A huge thank you to Edelweiss and Andersen for a chance to review this book ahead of its release date.

In this heartfelt and stunning story, we find ourselves seeing life through the eyes of a wolf named Swift. Even as a pup, Swift was as determined as ever to find a place within his pack. Until one day, their pack is attacked by outsides and displaced. Swift finds himself alone. Without the proper tools to survive, he eats small rodents and insects to stay alive. After he's injured, Swift is vi
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Ms. Yingling
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Swift lives near the mountains with his pack; father, mother, and several siblings, including Warm, the smallest and most fragile. They hunt, snuggle in their den, and hunt small animals. When the pack is attacked by another pack, Swift is badly injured and separated from his family. He barely survives, and travels to try to locate his loved ones. His only companion is a raven, with whom he shares some food. This gives him comfort, but a wolf alone is not a happy one. At
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Skip
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fictionalized version of the famous wolf, known as OR7, who wanders 1,000 miles. See also the book Journey by Emma Bland Smith. Nobody knows why Swift/OR7 headed south, but Parry posits that he was chased away by a rival pack of wolves. Swift is the fastest of all his siblings and dreams of leading the pack someday, like his father. He battles predators (human and animals), highways, forest fires, hunger and thirst as he seeks lupine companionship and a suitable habitat. He suffers in his long ...more
Sherry
I must be a masochist to read this the same day that I read Pax, the Journey Home. Just read all the books that send sucker punches to the heart.
Abigail
Born into the darkness of his den, the wolf pup Swift first understands the world through smell. One of five cubs, he is named for his eagerness to explore, and the swiftness of his development and movement. Soon initiated into the life of the pack, he comes to love everything about his home in the mountains. But when his family is attacked and scattered by a rival pack of wolves intent on securing the mountain for their own, Swift finds himself embarking on an epic journey, and struggling to su ...more
Michele Knott
I didn't know what to expect with this one, but what I got was an amazing survival story that is full of heart. Swift, a young wolf, is separated from his pack and must survive on his own. He ends up on a journey where he learns to survive and live on his own, but he never gives up on finding his own family. The book does not shy away from animal instinct and survival (some blood and gore described especially in the hunting for food parts), but is very respectful about the circle of life.
With a
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Michael Hall
Feb 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I agree this is an amazing book. I got it for Christmas from my good friend and I love it dearly.
Sisters Three
First off the title feels off....he's not called Wander till like the last chapter in the book....It was pretty sad...cool that it was somewhat based on a real wolf, but I just wasn't that impressed...I actually fell asleep reading one night...hahaha...sooo, that should tell you how interesting I found it.
~Kayti
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LS Johnson
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Anthropomorphic books are probably my least favorite books to read. This one took me many tries to get in to and understand the “voice” of the character. I actually found an audio version and listened to the first few chapters so I could get a feel of the flow, then I could read the text. Clearly, from other star ratings, I am in the minority, which is good. Books appeal to people differently. I think there is only a specific type of student/patron who might enjoy this book. My rating is based o ...more
Jenna
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audiobook with my five and a half year old — it is a middle grade novel but she loved it. A Wolf Called Wander offered a powerful and engaging perspective while also touching on very real behaviors and experiences of wild animals. This is the kind of book that sparks the light in future naturalists.
Mary Norell Hedenstrom
Sep 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Fascinating data about a wolf's wondering starting in Oregon and more broadly across the Pacific Northwest but the anthropomorphizing was offputting. ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
It's time to see survival from a pair of the most misunderstood eyes on the planet.

For Swift, a young wolf cub, life is simply as it should be. Days spent in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching the new litter, life couldn't be better. But then Swift's pack is broken up by rivals, sending them all scattering.

Now Swift's days are haunted by endless questions. Survival is a challenge, and how, if he can, will he find home?

A story of i
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Beth
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
*NOTE: I read a bound galley for this, so there may be changes and I can't comment on the artwork, as it was not included (sadly).*

I am a wolf-lover. Have been for years. I feel like they've been unfairly demonized for so many years, and that they have a valuable place in our ecosystem - other than to be classified as "vermin" or "pests" or "evil". Of course, that means I'm somewhat familiar with OR-7 (otherwise known as Journey), the wolf that the book is based off of. So...I was curious. Curio
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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I picked this book up preciously because it's exactly the kind of book I would have picked up when I was in middle school. The book reminded me a bit of A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray , but this is from the POV of a wolf. This is a fairly quick read, the language is short and to the point. It really read the closest it could to the consciousness of a wolf. At times I had to translate what the wolf
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Darla
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wolf finds himself alone when a rival pack annihilates his family. This is the story of his journey to find a place of his own and establish his own pack. View the world through his eyes as he adapts to life on his own and navigates mountains, prairie and desert. Often demonized, the wolf gets an empathetic presentation along with beautiful illustrations. I received a paperback ARC from the publisher which unfortunately did not include the end notes with the true story behind the book. Would d ...more
Amy
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful story places the reader squarely in the mind of a wolf separated from his pack. Inspired by the true life events of an actual wolf named ‘Or-7’ aka ‘Journey,’ Rosanne Parry deftly imagines the trek of a pack animal thrust into a solitary challenge. Parry does not shy away from what it means to be a high-tier carnivore. Hunting is visceral and thankfully Parry depicts these scenes with respect for all animals in the food chain as well as accuracy.
Dir Mud 9999
Sep 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired by the life and travels of a real Oregon wolf called OR-7(Or Journey), the story was a Wonderful journey, full of risks and bittersweet moments. Swift had lost his pack. Swift realized that being a survivor was not as easy as he thought he could.

The story description was so natural that i could feel all situation naturally, putting me in as if i was in a jungle. Reading this story as if i was watching my fav. TV channel, national geographic or discovery channel, learning wild wolves' b
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Chantal
Had some trouble getting into this book, but then I started loving it. Great artwork/drawings in the book itself that accompanied the story. A great read for the weekend. I loved that it was based on a "real"wolf. ...more
Robyn
A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

I am not sure who the intended audience is for this book... I only know that I fit into whatever group that is. The book starts at an early age for Swift and his sibs who have various personalities. He grows up in a great home with a loving Mother and Father and Growl who teach him all sorts of great wolf things. Life is great for the first year and Mother produces another litter that has exited the den when a band of wolves infringe on Mother and Father's marked territory and make the chall
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Moonkiszt
Featured in grandma reads chapter book sessions.

"OR-7 is a wolf born into the Imnaha pack in northeastern Oregon in the spring of 2009" is what you will get if you google OR-7. We did a lot of that we read this book. My group was fascinated because he was a real wolf doing real wolf things. Rosemary Parry, the author, worked real magic with her portrayal of his life (in the book he is called "Wander", in real life he was OR-7, or "Journey"). She was able to capture how a wolf would "narrate" his
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Anna Taylor
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Warning: if Bambi made you cry then just be prepared for some fluffy wolves joining in the circle of life. Totally well done, accessible vocabulary, and illustrations throughout make me want to give this to a third grader who wants adventure and to have FEELS.
Terry Johnson
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
such writing descriptions! loved this
Kelly
Dec 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a delight. Yes it’s a book for 9 year olds but it has chapters so I’m counting okay
Sandy
DNF at 30%. This story is very intense and extremely sad. I simply cannot continue with it. I suspect that it will be upsetting for some sensitive children. That said, I am willing to concede that the fact that it is so moving is a testament to the quality of the writing. But it is not for everyone!
Shaye Miller
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swift is a young wolf cub who lives in the mountains with his pack. They live happily together until an unexpected attack scatters the pack, leaving Swift to wander the surrounding lands, lost and alone. This story is told through the fictional voice of the wolf, but it’s important to note that it’s based on the true story of a wolf named OR-7 (…including how he left his home and traveled over 1,000 miles when he was 2 years old. Scientists were able to watch OR-7 find his mate and have his own ...more
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